Great British Bake-Off winner to star at 2017 Dubai lit fest

Nadiya Hussain among more than 140 authors to appear at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2017
Great British Bake-Off winner to star at 2017 Dubai lit fest
By Staff writer
Sat 29 Oct 2016 10:17 AM

Nadiya Hussain, the 2015 Great British Bake-Off winner, is one of the headline authors at next year's Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, it has been announced.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2017 line-up of more than 140 authors will appear over nine days from March 3-11.

Hussain, the author of Nadiya’s Kitchen as well as the children’s book Bake Me a Story, will tell tales of her British-Bangladeshi heritage.

As well as Hussain, the list of first-time authors at the event include Sana Amanat, the co-creator of Marvel’s Pakistani-American superhero Kamala Khan, Mohammed Saeed Harib, creator of the popular Emirati animated television series Freej, crime writer Kathy Reichs, renowned children’s author Tanya Landman and British TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh.

Returning authors include international bestsellers Jeffrey Archer, Ahmed Khaled Towfik, Francesca Simon, and Mourid Barghouti, a statement said.

Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said: "Our motto is Happiness, Tolerance, Diversity and Peace – which can be discovered through books. We have selected an exceptional group of authors of more than 30 nationalities who advocate this same message."

Among the highlights of the festival, the master of Jane Austen adaptations for the big screen, Andrew Davies, will conduct an evening to celebrate her storytelling and favourite characters such as Elinor Dashwood, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy as part of the 200th anniversary of her death.

Another highlight will see Palestinian doctor, Izzeldin Abuelaish, known as the Martin Luther King of the Middle East, talking about his memoir, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.

Organisers said the nine days of the Festival will be packed with exciting events, appealing to every age group, and reflecting the range of diversity through its varied programme.

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